House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi joined the fifth annual Y For Youth Luncheon as the featured speaker on March 18, 2016, at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. Pelosi’s remarks focused on bringing the community together in support of local youth, and the effectiveness of the YMCA of San Francisco Youth programs in particular. Her speech echoed firsthand experience relayed from Youth Chance High School senior Rajghana Spikes, YMCA Reach and Rise Mentoring alumnus Maverick Bishop and YMCA of San Francisco president Chuck Collins. The annual fundraiser also honored World Champion Golden State Warrior Festus Ezeli with the Outstanding Community Leader award for his ongoing commitment of time and support to the Bayview Hunters Point YMCA.
Scenes from the fifth annual Y for Youth Luncheon event at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts:
Over the past five years, the Y For Youth Luncheon event has raised more than $2 million and brought together hundreds of Bay Area corporate, community and philanthropic leaders. All to support and spotlight the YMCA of San Francisco’s programs that serve more than 10,000 youth each day.
The Fifth Annual Y For Youth Event Committee: Carol Berg, co-chair, Julie Harkins, co-chair, Tasha McVeigh, Caryl Welborn
Host Committee: Sonya and Eugene Clark-Herrera, Lindsay and Peter Joost, Helen Hilton Raiser, Roselyne C. Swig, Lalita Tademy and Barry Lawson Williams, Ned and Catherine Topham
Photos by Drew Altizer Photography